Asked if he could guarantee he would not walk out before the end of the campaign, Benitez said: "No, I cannot guarantee anything".
But as he prepared his players for Tuesday night's clash with champions Manchester City 48 hours before the window is due to close, he did not have a single new face on board and was cutting an increasingly exasperated figure.
UAE's gender equality awards won entirely by men
The woman also happens to be part of the royal family and is married to Deputy Prime Minister Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al-Nahyan. UAE vice president and ruler of Dubai Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum was photographed posing with the recipients.
Biggest things WWE secretly told us on Monday Night Raw
Becky Lynch appeared on Monday Night Raw this week with a special message - she's taking on Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania 35 . Lynch overcame an injury of her own given to her by Nia Jax and managed to last eliminate Charlotte Flair to win the match.